To protect everyone's children from the spread of meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, the Legislature passes a law that requires every student entering the seventh and 12th grades to be vaccinated against them.
Since this was the first year for the requirement, state officials granted a two-week grace period that would allow students to get their shots after classes resumed.
That grace period ends on Friday in Kanawha County, and about 25 percent of the students who should have been vaccinated have not been.
At some schools - not identified by county officials - only half the students are vaccinated.
For pity's sake. Taxpayers shell out more than $10,000 a year towards the education of each and every student in public schools in the state and parents cannot get their children properly vaccinated?
"If they're making every effort to get it taken care of, we'll work with them," said Brenda Isaac, chief nurse for the county school system.
"As a school nurse, it's my job to keep kids in school and learning. We will do everything we can to keep kids in school."
There really is no excuse for this failure to vaccinate. The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department even extended its hours on Wednesday to vaccinate teens.
A half-century ago, many schools turned gymnasiums into vaccine clinics to distribute the Salk and Sabin vaccines for polio.
Perhaps that is the only way to make sure everyone is vaccinated.